Los Big Names Begins Limited Engagement at 47th Street Theatre April 1

News   Los Big Names Begins Limited Engagement at 47th Street Theatre April 1 Openly gay Latina comic actress Marga Gomez stars in a limited engagement of Los Big Names, which begins performances at the 47th Street Theatre April 1.

The one-person show will officially open April 9 and will play through May 14. David Schweizer directs.

Produced by Jonathan Reinis and co-produced by The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Los Big Names, according to press notes, “is an autobiographical play set in two eras: the New York Latin show business world of the ‘60s and Hollywood of the ‘90s. It follows the lives of an unconventional Latino family of three pursuing their dreams of fame and fortune. Ms. Gomez’s fate was sealed at a young age when her parents, Cuban comedian Willy Chevalier and Puerto-Rican dancer Margarita, gave her a bit part on the stage of one of New York’s legendary Teatros. The author uses her later misadventures on the set of Barry Levinson's science-fiction flop ‘Sphere of 1998’ as a counterpoint to the aspirations and lives of her parents.”

In the piece Gomez portrays her parents, a bodega busybody as well as Queen Latifah and Kathleen Turner.

The creative team for Los Big Names includes Alexander V. Nichols (scenic and lighting design) and Mark O’Brien (sound design).

Marga Gomez’ solo shows include A Line Around The Block, Memory Tricks, Marga Gomez is Pretty, Witty & Gay, Jaywalker, The Twelve Days of Cochina and Marga Gomez's Intimate Details. Her other acting credits include The Vagina Monologues, “Tracy Takes On. . .,” “Guiding Light,” “Batman Forever,” “Sphere,” “Rosa Negra” and “The D Word.” She is the recipient of a 2004 GLAAD Award and a 1994 Theatre LA’s Ovation Award. The 47th Street Theatre is located in Manhattan at 304 West 47th Street. Tickets, priced $30-$45, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.losbignames.com.

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Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit, which usually plays the 47th Street Theatre, will play San Diego’s Theatre in Old Town during the run of Los Big Names.

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